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Part of the series Mirianism
Chirin
‘Idtā d-Madniiḥā d-Miryin
1 Foundations of Faith
2 God
3 Sacraments
4 Monasticism
5 Holidays
6 Cosmology
7 Eschatology
8 Soteriology
9 Important Titles
10 Apostolic Succession
11 Sacred sites
* Discussion on Mirianism

Sacred sites within Mirian tradition include pilgrimage sites and church buildings.

Pilgrimage sites

India

Palestine

Church buildings

Mirian church buildings are not considered "churches" in the traditional sense of the term, but Refectories (Beyt Kenuštā or just Kenuštā). In Mirian theology, there is only one Church; the whole body of devotees within the "Body of Mishyah". Kenuštā can also be translated as "synagogue", but unlike Jewish synagogues, kenuštās are homes for monastic communities. The Nazirites live in special cells located in the under-grounds of the kenuštās, much like the cell of the Desert Father St. John the Dwarf.

Kenuštās are not ostentatious and are not "cathedrals" in size, shape, or function. They are not "seats" of Bishops, nor are they "thrones" of Archbishops. They have no set blueprint, except for the Shrine (beyt madbaḥ), which is at the back end of every kenuštā. The Shrine is a symbolic representation of a renewed Jewish "Holy Place" inside the Tabernacle of the Temple in Jerusalem. There is no curtain since the death of Mishyah symbolically opened it up for all to gain direct access to God. The Shrine is uncovered and is accessible to all who come to worship (Matt. 27:51). The imagery of the torn curtain in the Most Holy Place is also believed to symbolize the restoration of Adam's and Eve's sexual parts before they were covered after the Fall.

The Altar of Incense (madbaḥ d-ktaraḥ) lies in front of the Shrine, about four feet away from it. The lampstand (minuraḥ), which resembles that of the Nasrani Menorah, stands ten feet away from the Shrine, on the right-hand side. The Shrine itself contains nothing but the Gospel of Harmony (Evangeliown d-Awyuthā) and replaces that of the stone tablets on which the Ten Commandments were written. The Gospel of Harmony contains the whole New Covenant and is considered the new "Ark of the Covenant". It is also the full account of Yeshwa's life and authentic teachings found throughout the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, along with several extra-canonical sources.

The Gospel's cover has a beautiful iconic image of Yeshwa who is shown teaching with His right hand making the sign of the Holy Trinity, along with an image of the Gospel book in His left arm. This is the only image found within the Holy Place of the Shrine. Images of the Virgin Mary, Angels, and Saints are found without the Holy Place, for it is where worshippers face; worship is directed towards God alone. The icon of Jesus is not worshipped as God, but worship is believed to "pass over to the archetype", as St. Basil the Great had said.

Kenuštās are always oriented so that the Shrine within it faces with its backside toward Jerusalem, so that worshippers also face in the same direction.

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